Velocity NY Preview: Ragnar Lönn and Daniel Stenberg

— This is Part 6 of Load Impact’s Velocity NY Preview Series. Load Impact is chatting with some of the cutting-edge developers and executives who will be speaking at Velocity NY Oct. 12-14.

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NYC Tech Events: PyGotham

— Load Impact is constantly on the hunt for the best meetups and conferences around New York City. In this new blog series, NYC Tech Events, we talk about some of the developer-focused events around the city that feature great speakers and promote the sharing of ideas from professionals of all skill levels.

The origins of Python date back to 1991, and the language has been widely adopted ever since thanks to passionate developers and people like the team at Big Apple Py.

One of the group’s most successful events is the annual PyGotham, which takes place Aug. 15-16 in New York’s AMA Executive Conference Center.

PyGotham brings the city’s Python community together to share their projects, learn more about the language they love and find potential career opportunities.

Celia La is a board member at Big Apple Py and co-organizer of PyGotham. She says people can accomplish a lot of things at PyGotham and other Python events. It just depends on what people are looking to find.

“A lot of it is helping people have the courage to stand up and talk about what they’re working on in front of a group,” Celia said. “We just want to give Python developers a place to come and connect with like-minded people.”

While a lot of meetups talk about networking and recruiting as a core function, Big Apple Py’s events: PyGotham, NYC Python Meetup and Flask-NYC have shown Celia and the other founders proof their events are connecting people.

That’s because both Celia and co-founder Paul Logston found their current jobs through Python events.

Another benefit the founders have seen is the feeling of inclusion among a diverse group of developers. Celia pointed out the demographic of the events are typically very mixed, and she pointed out having a woman on the organization's board of directors could have something to do with that.

If you’re looking to share, learn or search for a career that will utilize your Python skills, you can register for PyGotham here.

Here are a few talks that stood out to us:

Building Tools for Social Good

Eric Schles is a senior analyst in the human trafficking response unit within the New York County’s district attorney’s office. In this presentation, Eric will talk about the growing use of data science and tool-building that can help save people’s lives.

An Iterative Approach to Inverse Problems Using Python’s Numpy

In this talk by Katya Vasilaky, who has a PhD in economics from Columbia, is about improving past algorithms that focused on inverse problems in math, data science, image processing and tomography.

Docker Containers in the Cloud: Provider DeathMatch

Jeff Uthaichai is here to help developers determine which container provider is ing of the Python world. There’s no doubt containers have been eating the development world the last two years, so you know there are plenty of options out there to choose from. If this presentation is half as fun as its name, it will definitely be worth attending.

Teaching Python in Middle School

People often debate when and how children should learn to code — because it’s hardly a question of “if they should” anymore. Meg Winston Ray, a computer science teacher at Bronx Compass High School, uses this presentation to make the case for middle schoolers to learn Python. And bring your computer, class. Meg expects you to contribute to this collaborative session.


Fun fact: The programming language Python is named after the cult-classic comedy series, “Monty Python.” That’s because Guido van Rossum, Python’s author, was reading original scripts from Monty Python when he developed the programming language.

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Velocity NY: A Gratuitously Early Preview

Velocity NY is 75 days away, and we’re already super excited to meet the attendees, presenters and sponsors.

So, here’s a gratuitously early preview of a few presentations that are sure to be awesome.

HTTP/2 vs. HTTP/1.1: A Performance Analysis

HTTP/2 is on its way, and developers, ops, testers, QA and (of course) DevOps need to be ready for it.

This presentation focuses on the results of a study by Load Impact founder Ragnar Lönn alongside curl and libcurl founder Daniel Stenberg.

The Swedish duo’s study measures the performance impact of HTTP/2 and how user experience will differ between the two protocols.

And as a special treat for the audience, Lönn and Stenberg will be unveiling a free tool for that shows how any existing website will behave on HTTP/2.

The Chronicles of the Lion

While this presentation is the early front-runner for our favorite title of a talk, the substance is pretty great, too.

ING, the largest retail bank in the Netherlands, recently pivoted its development strategy to the DevOps methodology — and now they’re onto another step in evolving their software strategy — citing the popular Spotify model.

Presenters Ingrid Algra and Jan-Joust Bouwman are two IT leaders at ING who are helping implement the change in the massive bank.

Perhaps the best part of the presentation is that ING’s transition to this development strategy only started in April, so the findings will be fresh. Also, it’s important to consider they likely submitted this abstract to Velocity before making the change — which is a pretty confident move considering gigantic organizational changes are never easy!

Canary in the Coal Mine: Introducing a Deployment Process to the Enterprise

While DevOps and Continuous Delivery have been around for a while, many larger, more traditional companies are just now changing their software development strategy.

It’s been said many times that all companies are basically becoming software companies, and transitioning to agile and DevOps is the next wave of that evolution.

In this talk, Daniel Lockhart of Verizon Digital Media Services will lay out the old way of software deployment and describe the challenges he faced when implementing new processes at Verizon.

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